Chivas USA's radical remake continued Friday when the team traded forward Casey Townsend to D.C. United for a second-round pick in next winter's SuperDraft.
That trade comes three days after the team dealt midfielder Nick LaBrocca to Colorado for Mexican American midfielder Eric Avila, part of a roster restructuring ordered by new owner Jorge Vergara.
Since October six players from last year's squad have been traded or let go: Juan Pablo Angel and Peter Vagenas were not re-signed, options were declined on Danny Califf and Alejandro Moreno, and LaBrocca and Townsend were traded.
And all six have one thing in common: they aren't eligible for Mexican citizenship.
The reason behind the purge is no secret. Vergara also owns Chivas de Guadalajara of the Mexican league, a team famous for never having used a non-Mexican player in its 106-year history. So now Vergara is packing his Major League Soccer team with players who are eligible to play for his clubs on both sides of the border.
Earlier this month, Chivas USA used its first pick in the 2013 SuperDraft on Mexican American Carlos Alvarez of East Los Angeles. And, with five guests from Guadalajara — Olympic gold medalist Jose Antonio Rodriguez, defender Mario de Luna, midfielder Edgar Mejia, forward Jose Manuel Rivera and former U-17 world champion Giovani Casillas — taking part in Chivas USA's first preseason camp under new Coach José Luis “Chelís” Sánchez Solá, Chivas USA has at least nine players in training who could move freely between the two Chivas rosters.